Tag Archives: move-in
Posted on 16. Dec, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
Vacancies can come up at the most unexpected times. The end of a year, even though it’s a holiday season, is no exception. Neither are the early months of winter when fewer moves occur. That’s why property managers need multiple ways to attract new residents that work all year round. It’s also effective to have […]
Posted on 10. Jul, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Often, when renting an apartment, tenants are overwhelmed by the amount of information they are given, from the initial apartment viewing, to filling out the application, to getting approved, to finally, moving in. While it’s important to let all prospective residents know and understand the rules they must abide by when moving into their new […]
Posted on 13. Jun, 2014 by Marc Courtenay.
The responses to my last article on filling vacancies fielded excellent suggestions from property managers. This kind of feedback offers ideas that are working now! Of course the ideas I shared in my series “50 Ways to Fill Your Vacancies” work well in today’s market. Yet those from our readers are personal favorites, innovative and […]
Posted on 05. Jun, 2014 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
We all know that in the property management arena, managers typically have one chance to make a good first impression on prospective residents. So the last thing managers want is a cluttered mess to be the first thing that applicants see. We all become immune to our surroundings, seeing only what we want to see. […]
Posted on 28. Feb, 2012 by Bryan Ives.
Research conducted by the National Association of Realtors suggests multifamily housing is gearing up to be a landlord’s market demanding a rise in rent increases. According to Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, job creation is one of the driving forces behind the market change.
Posted on 12. Oct, 2011 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
While there are many companies that specialize in either multi-family property management or single family home management, some companies are able to do both successfully. If you’re currently making the transition from multi-family to single family home management, or are adding home management to your menu of services, there are a few things you will need to take under consideration:
Posted on 16. Sep, 2011 by Marc Courtenay.
As property managers, we confront the ever-changing process of attracting and qualifying new residents to fill vacancies. With the legal landscape also changing, it’s increasingly important to understand the laws governing rental applications in the state where we manage our rental properties.
Posted on 18. Aug, 2011 by Nora Betz.
Apartment rents are on the rise and vacancy rates are down in San Francisco, CA. These young renters prioritize the location of their apartment above other amenities and are willing to compete for the space and pay top dollar for it.
Posted on 22. Jul, 2010 by Nora Betz.
Boston landlord, John C. Jones, is being fined almost $85,000 for failure to properly disclose the presence of lead paint to his tenants.
Posted on 29. Jun, 2010 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
In my last article, Resident Application Approval Process: Key Indicators, I discussed areas to look at when reviewing an applicant’s credit history. What follows is a list of potential red flags.
Posted on 17. Jun, 2010 by Mary Girsch-Bock.
Years ago, approving applicants was a relatively simple process. You checked an applicant’s credit report, perhaps called a former landlord, verified employment, and soon you were taking deposits and setting up a move-in date. Like many other things, the rules have changed.
Posted on 07. May, 2010 by Heather Blume.
I know that by the time I start seeing snippets of sunshine peeking through the Seattle clouds, the rest of the country must be 3 or 4 weeks into the beautiful weather that late April and Early May bring. As long as the outside is enticing, people will do the most that they can to spend time in it, which hopefully means a spike in on site traffic for you!
Posted on 05. May, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
Property owners and managers are competing for new residents at an advantageous time. To compete effectively and economically, property managers are “turning up their imaginations” to make their properties more desirable. Here are five ideas to consider:
Posted on 19. Mar, 2010 by Marc Courtenay.
Yesterday I received an advertisement from a rental car company. It simply stated, “The next time you need a rental car call us and receive a free upgrade”, and they meant it.
The word “free” strikes a positive chord for us all. So if I’m a couple looking for an apartment or a rental home and I see the word “free”, I’m likely to investigate this offer.
Posted on 16. Dec, 2009 by Marc Courtenay.
If you had an unlimited budget for upgrading your properties you wouldn’t need an article like this one. In the current economic reality, we have to be creative and financially careful when we are trying to make our units more appealing.
As a property manager, you know what it is like to have a tight schedule and an even tighter budget, so I thought I’d share with you some simple and “cheap” ways to spruce up your inventory to attract new residents.
Posted on 17. Sep, 2009 by Heather Blume.
I’m very lucky in the fact that, after moving out here years ago, I found/developed an amazing group of friends. They’ve taught me the differences between college friendships and adult friendships, (biggest difference being that when you throw a party in college, people bring beer and there’s major clean up…as an adult, they bring wine […]
Posted on 18. Aug, 2009 by Heather Blume.
I think it should be a requirement for people who work in the multifamily industry to rent an apartment, at communities they don’t directly work at, for at least 5 years, moving at least once every 24 months. What would possess me to make such an outlandish request of my fellow industry compatriots? One word: […]